In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee conducts the first part of his interview with the 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. Bracket Winner, Joe Hebert. The Louisiana native initially describes how he learned how to play poker and how he began playing online during the Moneymaker Boom.

Joe also talks about the first two days of the 2020 WSOP Main Event, playing online and how he became the massive chip leader.

Next week, Joe talks about the 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. final table and the heads-up battle with Argentina’s Damian Salas.

0:00 Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. Bracket Winner, Joe Hebert.
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3:17 Bernard welcomes Joe Hebert to the show.
4:09 Joe joins the show.
5:28 Joe talks about how he started playing poker and how the Moneymaker Boom sparked his interest, including playing at Harrah’s New Orleans and online.
9:10 Joe talks about the unique aspect of playing the 2020 WSOP Main Event both online and live.
11:03 Joe discusses how Michael Lech’s 2020 bracelet inspired him to win his own WSOP bracelet.
17:30 After Lech’s victory, Joe texted his mother about wanting to win a WSOP bracelet. She replied, “What will be, will be.” But unfortunately, Linda (his mother’s name) passed away three days later from pulmonary embolism. For inspiration, Joe used #ForLinda on social media to dedicate his run to his late mother.
21:01 Joe talks about going out to Las Vegas to play in the WSOP end of the year series and qualified for 2020 WSOP Main Event.
24:28 Joe talks about his runner-up finish in 2013 WSOP Circuit at Harrah’s WSOP Main Event, cashing for over $140,000.
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30:05 Bernard continues his interview with 2020 WSOP Main Event U.S. Bracket Winner, Joe Hebert.
30:56 Joe describes his online run during the 2020 WSOP Main Event, U.S. Bracket, including a set of 5s versus pocket 7s early in the tournament.
34:30 Joe explains his strategy playing Day 2 of the 2020 WSOP Main Event.
36:51 Joe talks about staying in an AirBNB for the two weeks prior to live final table, bringing out his family and preparing for the final table.
40:09 Joe talks about drawing the final table seats the day of the event and the players Joe was watching out for at the U.S. bracelet final table.
45:42 Joe describes his experience after checking into the Rio All-Suite Hotel Casino and going down to the Amazon Room with only the WSOP stage.
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